As soon as I saw Jaybird's Delight pattern, I knew I had to do it. I ordered it immediately, and began contemplating fabric choices. Once I received my first Cotton and Steel bundles from Westwood Acres, I knew what I wanted to do.
Here's how it started:
Definitely got some sweaty palms and heart palpitations when making the first cuts into my newly acquired and highly coveted Mustang and Basics bundles. I waited what felt like forever for these babies find their way home to me.
Some in process pictures, including some "helpers":
This quilt pattern was literally a delight to put together - no pesky y-seams and Julie's pattern instructions were easy to follow and flawless. Eventually, I ended up with this top:
Then I had to wait...and wait...and WAIT for a LQS to get some Cotton and Steel yardage in. I really do try to support my LQS whenever possible, but this tested by patience and faith. Eventually, the Cotton and Steel bolts arrived, and I was able to get a backing piece.
Meanwhile, I performed my typical stalking-like behaviors and researched thoroughly how Angela Walters had quilted Jaybird's samples. I really liked how she quilted the sample quilts, but thought I'd engage Kathleen Riggins from kathleenquilts.com. Have you heard of this quilting genius? If not, stop wasting your time reading this and go check her out.
Every Friday she does this thing called Free Motion Fridays. If you send her a picture of a quilt top, she will step by step show you how she would go about quilting it. So not only do you get her excellent quilting ideas, but she also breaks it down for you step by step! Click here for her suggestions on my quilt top.
I put on my big girl panties and went for it! Here are some not-so-great pictures while it was on my longarm, which lives in the dreariest, darkest of all dungeons known as my basement.
So I busted out my signed copy of Angela Walters' Shape by Shape book and went for it. There are repeats, but I definitely challenged myself and tried lots of new designs - some with more success than others. Regardless! I'm proud of this baby. Here are more eye candy shots:
I think the back turned out pretty awesome and really shows off the totality of the quilting design best: